The Alien’s Terrain (Rove Beetle, Staphylinidae)

dorsal view of small rove beetle with typical reduced eltra on skin with dark hairs

A tiny rove beetle (Staphylinidae) walks over the hairy skin of a person.

It’s a strange world, especially when you (in this case me) become the actual geography. But that, the strange familiarity of it all, is the intrigue of shooting bugs, isn’t it? (Side view plus B&W’s below.)

side view of tiny rove beetle through hair curling up its abdomen

A tiny rove beetle (Staphylinidae) curls up its abdomen while inspecting the human terrain.

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